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Iowa's courts include District Courts, the Court of Appeals, and the Iowa Supreme Court. Iowa's 99 counties are divided into 8 districts, each having a District Court that handles the majority of cases, including small claims, juvenile, mental health, violation of city/county ordinance, criminal, probate, domestic relations, and general civil cases. If you appeal a District Court decision in Iowa, it will be reviewed by the Iowa Court of Appeals. The Iowa Supreme Court is the state's highest court and hears appellate court appeals.

If you're seeking information regarding Iowa court records, you can visit, Iowa's online docket record search website. This website provides information including case titles, a list of filings, and child support and fine payments, as well as a copy of the court docket. Additional information, including case schedules, exhibit lists, bonds, and lien indexes is available for an additional $25 monthly charge. Copies of Iowa court documents aren't found on this website. If you're seeking copies of Iowa state court records, you'll need to contact the clerk of court office for the county in which the records are held.
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02, Aug 2014 - Local sheriffs no longer honoring all ICE detainer requests
In a shift from previous policy, local sheriffs are no longer holding inmates at the request of Immigration and Customs Enforcement without a court order. The change comes following a court case in Oregon and an advisory from American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa. Sheriffs offices across the county and in Iowa are changing their policy regarding ICE holds, including those in Linn and Johnson ...
02, Aug 2014 - Clinton, IA Appeals court sides with doctor
CLINTON — The Iowa Court of Appeals has denied an appeal filed by Medical Associates, siding with a Clinton doctor who was awarded $98,312 in July 2013.Medical Associates filed a breach of contract lawsuit in late 2011 against Dr. Christopher Martin,
02, Aug 2014 - Lee, IA Iowa Supreme Court overturns 17-year-old’s robbery sentencing in 2010
A man convicted at age 17 for his part in a 2010 robbery that ended in homicide will be resentenced, according to an Iowa Supreme Court ruling Friday. The justices overturned a appeals court decision that stated Gabriel Taylor’s 25-year sentence with a mandatory 17-year prison term before being eligible for parole wasn’t cruel and unusual punishment and isn’t “grossly disproportionate to his ...
02, Aug 2014 - Des Moines, IA Former Inmate on Early Release Dies
DES MOINES, Iowa – An Iowa woman convicted of killing a relative at a young age and recently released from prison has died. Kristina Fetters was originally sentenced to life without parole for the murder of her great aunt in 1995. She was 15 at the time of conviction. Fetters later developed breast cancer. A court changed her sentence to life with parole and in December the Iowa Parole Board ...
02, Aug 2014 - Court rejects lawsuit, but warns of implicit bias
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court rejected a class-action lawsuit Friday that alleged the Iowa executive branch discriminated against black job applicants, even while finding that African-Americans face subtle biases that make it harder to land employment.
02, Aug 2014 - Iowa rejects juvenile mandatory minimum sentences
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday that juveniles cannot be given mandatory minimum sentences, making it the first state to interpret federal court directives that broadly.
02, Aug 2014 - Judge bars telemarketer from operating in Iowa
DES MOINES — An Iowa judge has barred a Las Vegas-based company from telemarketing health and nutrition-related products to Iowans, according to Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller. The judicial action came Thursday after an undercover phone line recorded telemarketers making unsupported, misleading and illegal claims about its oral spray’s effects on cancer, diabetes, arthritis and other serious ...
02, Aug 2014 - Iowa rejects juvenile mandatory minimum sentences - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News,
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday that juveniles cannot be given mandatory minimum sentences, making it the first state to interpret federal court directives that broadly.
01, Aug 2014 - Webster, IA Former Landfill Co-Director Faces Theft Charge
FORT DODGE, Iowa – A former co-director of a landfill faces up to 10 years in jail after he allegedly used state resources for a personal project. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation arrested Michael Grell Tuesday for theft by misappropriation. Authorities say the former co-director of the North Central Iowa Regional Solid Waste Agency […]
01, Aug 2014 - Public hearing set on proposal to eliminate bar exam
The Iowa Supreme Court has set a public hearing for later this month on the proposed amendment recommended by the state bar to adopt “diploma privilege,” eliminating the bar exam for in-state law graduates. There are 23 people scheduled to present at the 9 a.m. Aug. 27, hearing, which includes attorneys, law professors and administrators, bar examiners and judges. There have been numerous ...
01, Aug 2014 - Wapello, IA Jury convicts Iowa man of killing pregnant wife after 3rd trial in the case
DAVENPORT, Iowa — A former volunteer firefighter who hoped for a career in law enforcement was convicted Thursday of killing his pregnant wife, as jurors in his third trial rejected his claims that an unknown intruder shot her.
01, Aug 2014 - Ventura, IA Chinese woman in trade secrets case seeks release
A woman from China awaiting trial in Iowa on charges she conspired to steal trade secrets from U.S. seed corn companies is asking the government to release her on bond so she can travel to California and to her homeland.
01, Aug 2014 - Des Moines, IA Fentanyl distribution sends Iowa woman to prison
Iowan Macey Lynn Stills is headed to prison on a fentanyl distribution conviction, associated with a fatal drug overdose last year.Federal Chief District Court Judge, James Gritzner, sentenced the 23-year old West Des Moines woman to 21-months, following her guilty plea to distribution of fentanyl, a drug commonly associated with pain relief. United States Attorney, Nicholas Klinefeldt, says ...
01, Aug 2014 - Burlington, IA Whistleblower’s appeal goes to Iowa high court
KEOKUK (AP) — A former Lee County maintenance worker who sued under Iowa’s whistleblower law is asking the Iowa Supreme Court to reverse a lower court’s ruling setting aside the $186,000 that a jury awarded him. Rick Carter has filed a motion asking the high court to reinstate the jury’s verdict, the Burlington Hawk Eye reported Saturday. Carter was fired in 2010. His lawsuit says he was fired ...
01, Aug 2014 - Clinton, IA Water 'big hurdle'
CLINTON — Bringing a sustained water supply to the Lincolnway Industrial Railpark is the last remaining obstacle standing in the way of site certification, according to Jenelle Kreigling of the Clinton Regional Development Corporation.Iowa currently
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